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VIDEO: Every HTC One S Case Gets Blasted with 10,000 Volts

The great thing about dumbphones is that the majority of them are way more durable than your average smartphone. However, HTC is hoping its HTC One S is a little sturdier than rival devices. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, HTC boasted about the phone's sleek AMOLED display, dual-core Snapdragon CPU, and sexily slim design. However, the company also bragged that this phone's ultra-matte black ceramic metal surface was the result of a microarc oxidation (MAO) process originally developed for use in satellites.

"It transforms the surface of the aluminum unibody into a ceramic, super-dense crystalline structure that is four times harder than anodized aluminum, enabling the HTC One S to look great over time," the company said at the time.

This week, HTC is showing us that microarc oxidation process in action. The metal starts off as aircraft 6000 series aluminum, which is then hit with "10,000 volts of energy ... almost like lightning striking the phone." This causes a chemical reaction that creates the ceramic surface on the phone. HTC says the process makes the phone's housing three times stronger than stainless steel and even suggests users won't even need a case. See for yourself:

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  • cmartin011
    Sweet! this is totally something the iphone will never do!
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  • cmartin011
    but will it blend?
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  • icemunk
    good, I'm glad to see they went AMOLED, the HTC LCD displays weren't really that nice comapred to the Galaxy S2 OLED.
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  • memadmax
    Que the Apple lawsuit in:
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  • Bloob
    Don't care about scratches on the case. Will it survive ~1 meter drop? Or a drop in a puddle?
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  • coreym72
    Scenario… Solar storm wipes out all communication yet the phone can successfully power on whether in orbit or on Earth. Ironic.
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  • ap3x
    cmartin011Sweet! this is totally something the iphone will never do!
    Yea, I have to agree with you. They would not do it because ............It serves no point. This does not even simulate a likely situation.
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  • alidan
    ap3xYea, I have to agree with you. They would not do it because ............It serves no point. This does not even simulate a likely situation.oh, no, you droped the phone, outside, on concreat... well... to bad a product like gorilla glass doesnt exist, i mean if there was a glass that could survive a fall, surely they would use it...

    yea... people get a case so their iphones dont scratch, and i met my fair share of people who care a little to much about the back, so yea, something like this would be much appreciated by them
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  • house70
    ap3xYea, I have to agree with you. They would not do it because ............It serves no point. This does not even simulate a likely situation.What would be a likely situation; this is about making the casing more resistant than what's out there on the market already, rendering the aftermarket casing useless. This in turn keeps the phone sleek, as was intended. Do you see this as a point?
    Geez, Apple trolls nowadays...
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  • jacobdrj
    10,000 Volts is certainly no joke. Voltage isn't a measurement of energy, and more can depend on amperage, but 10,000 Volts is not 'almost' like lightning...

    With all due respect, it is impractical for man to simulate lightning within even 2 orders of magnitude... The energy released in a bolt is spectacular...
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